Riverside, CA - Riverside Community Hospital hosted its 2nd Annual “Family Health and Fitness Fair and Motorcycle Rally” on Saturday, June 9 with over 3,000 in attendance from the community. Families from all over the Inland Empire spent the day at the Hospital while enjoying fun-filled activities, raffle prizes, giveaways, and live music performances by the TMK All Star Band and special guest Bryan Duncan, a Dove and Grammy Award winning soloist, who was also the Master of Ceremonies for the day. The purpose of the Health Fair was to raise heart disease awareness and to promote heart-healthy lifestyles. It was also an opportunity for Riverside Community Hospital to provide materials and health education to the community on the importance of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The Health Fair took place from 9:00am-2:00pm in the parking lots behind the Hospital along Brockton and 14th Street. It was hosted by Riverside Community Hospital and co-sponsored by Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation. Karla Adams Fitness, a fitness gym located on Magnolia near Central Ave, joined efforts with the Hospital to sponsor a kid’s health and fitness zone which included mini kid’s runs, an air weight lift contest, dance performances, water balloon toss and more. Through these activities, the hospital in joint efforts with Karla Adams and Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation along with other community partners, focused on addressing issues of such as childhood diabetes and obesity. While having fun, kids were encouraged to eat healthier, and spend less time sitting around and more time outside engaging in outdoor activities such as running, dancing and exercising.
Special guest appearances were made by NFL Players Kermit Alexander from the Philadelphia Eagles, and Ricky Ellis and Efren Herrera from the Seattle Seahawks who participated in the kid’s fitness activities while encouraging kids to exercise on a daily basis. At noon, crowds of people gathered around the Edible Fruit Arrangement booth to watch the NFL players who were joined by Karla Adams and Mayor Ron Loveridge, who stopped by to greet the community, compete in a friendly fruit eating contest.
Nearly 60 vendors supported the event and provided health education and tools to families at the Health Fair. Clarks Nutrition, one of the event sponsors, gave out healthy snack samples to parents and their kids. During the event, families were able to meet physicians at ‘Ask the Doc’ booths and had the opportunity to get to know Riverside Community Hospital’s HeartCare Institute team. Dr. Patankar, a Cardiologist at the Hospital and Dr. Carl Knopke, a Family Medicine physician who specializes in weight loss, spoke to the crowd about heart disease and steps towards healthy living. The Hospital along with other sponsors such as PrimeCare and Riverside Medical Clinic, offered many free health screenings to the community, including cardiac, Echos, bone density, blood pressure, BMI, body fat, strength grip tests and glucose testing. The City of Riverside, who was also one of the sponsors, had a booth to promote the city’s Fit, Fresh and Fun initiative in which the hospital is a part of.
The Health Fair included a Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run that began early in the morning at Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson. The riders returned to the event after completing their ride to take advantage of the free screenings and education. Peter McBride, Director of the Heart Care Institute, announced the high-hand winner of the ride, who was awarded an $800 trip to San Francisco, including free airfare. A free motorcycle training course was donated by Skip Ford Harley Davidson for the mid-hand winner, and Sunday Brunch for two was donated by the Mission Inn to the low hand-winner. The ride was part of the Hospital’s fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association’s 2012 Inland Empire Heart Walk. Motorcyclists came together from as far as San Diego to ride in support of the Hospital for heart health. The Health Fair was a huge success and provided invaluable health education to over 3,000 people in the Inland Empire Community.
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